Writing your own Wedding Vows

Writing your own wedding vows can be fun but also feel a little bit like you're back in school.

First off, you'll need to sit down distraction free, and ask yourself a few questions:

For great wedding Vows

  1. What did you dream for in a fiancé as a little girl?

  2. Did that dream become reality? Why or why not?

  3. When was the moment you knew you would marry your fiancé?

  4. What dreams do you have for the future?

  5. What is most important to you for your marriage?

  6. What is your best memory thus far of your fiancé?

  7. What do you want to promise your spouse during your marriage?

  8. Are there any quotes or Bible verses you'd like to use?

You'll also need to make sure that your officiant and partner are on the same page and agree that you may write your own vows.

After you answer these questions and obtain permission to proceed, try putting the answers together. If you find that doesn't work, try personalizing the traditional vows with more suitable wording specific to your relationship. Or perhaps you can find a poem that better encompasses the vows you want to write. Thoroughly research your ideas online.

Once you’re finished, allow someone close to you, such as a parent or sibling, to read what you've written and critique it. Occasionally, when you look at the same piece of work for awhile, your mind will insert missing words or phrases. Make sure someone else reads it to catch those mistakes.

If you want to embrace your humorous side, and all parties are in agreement, try writing vows that still get your message across but makes your audience smile. The internet is full of suggestions, and if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own, try taking an idea you like and making it your own.

After you have proofed your vows, and the minister is okay with the content, you must practice. The last thing you want to do is stand in front of your spouse and the entire audience and forget your vows. Say your vows over and over again until you can say them without thinking. Practice in front of the mirror, on your way to work, as you drive to the dry cleaners, or whenever you have a moment alone. Give yourself plenty of time to learn the wedding vows, too. Don't scramble a few days before the wedding to learn them. If this is the case, you might want to consider writing them down and carrying them with you to the ceremony.

Please help our readers write their own vows. What kind of wedding Vows did you write?

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